CSS Donkey. New album. First Listen.

CSS Donkey Album Artwork

Pop is a funny old game. It must be weird being the kinda band who one minute no-one gave a crap about, sitting around all frustrated reading i-D in some sweaty Brazilian dive bar and the next thing you remember is some daydream of walking on stage at Wembley to support Gwen Stefani and seeing the boys from Klaxons suffer from morning sickness. They expect you to go home, take three days off from a three year world tour and then comes the memo “see you next Tuesday to master the new album.”

On first lissen the new CSS record is a bit of a disappointment which on the one hand is good because it means I’m still a hipster who cares about artistic ethics but on the other it’s a bad thing because it means my love affair with ridiculous lo-fi pop shamblings are coming to an end. It’s not awful and it’s certainly gonna wriggle inside the soul of your average Heat-reader but don’t expect some second-coming of the prodical gang bang sisters.

However, they’ve still got plenty of time to deliver THE ALBUM because despite how long they seem to have been around it’s only their second LP but then it is on Sub Pop/Warners.

For a more thorough evaluation we hand you over to theQuietus.com


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Scarlett Johanson first listen/reaction to ‘Anywhere I Lay My Head’

Scarlett Johnanson in the booth, speaking or singing

There are few things that diddle indie-boys fiddles in 2008 as much as the both abhorrent and curious concept of lads-wank-rag approved woman of the year, doing covers of Tom Waits, with TV on the Radio – frankly it’s something that goes beyond any mathsgasm we’ve ever come across. 

Last night a track from the eagerly anticipated record was leaked and first listen to ‘Anywhere I Lay My Head’ reveals a graceful, swooping eagle-like track, which has digi’ plink-plonking that sounds miles away from the lo-fi crack den blues of Tom Waits, and only hints that the breathy Miss Lost in Translation is involved. In fact, imagine if shoegazy-electronica-swedes Radio Dept. and, well, Brooklyn’s-soulful-retort-to-Mercury-Rev/Arcade-Fire TV on the Radio, had a girl doing what sounds at its core like a neat rip-off of the blog-raped track ‘Anthems for a Seventeen Year Old Girl’ by Broken Social Scene which featured the sexy drizzel of Metric’s Emily Haines vocals. Scrape some of the personality froth off the top and leave to simmer like an egg on a wheel arch. 

Whatever next… David Lynch fronting the Pet Shop Boys? Johnny Depp joining the Gypsy Kings? Heather Mills playing drums in Slipknot?